Tuesday, March 27, 2018


Photo: Huawei

Huawei has introduced their new Huawei P20.  Judging by the specs, it has to be rated as one of the very top cell phones currently available.  The cooperation with Leica is paying off with a new camera system, beyond what is otherwise available.

The most obvious new feature is three lenses with a maximum resolution of 40 MP and a 24 MP front camera for selfies.

The main camera has a 40-megapixel sensor.   This is achieved by combining each of the color pixels into a virtual, much larger pixel count. In combination with an aperture f/1.8, this should improve the sensitivity of the camera.

The telephoto lens offers a resolution of 8 megapixels with an aperture of f/2.4. In combination with the main camera, this will result in a 5x zoom, three times optical plus two times electronically, without any noticeable loss in quality. In addition, the camera also offers a 20 MP monochrome sensor with 20 MP with and a lens with an aperture of f/1.6.

Huawei P20 Pro photo comparison
Photograph taken with the Huawei P20
Photo: Huawei

To help snapshot photographers to take full advantage of the camera’s capabilities, the camera employs artificial intelligence to help with all other functions.  This includes laser focusing and a separate color temperature sensor.  In addition the HUAWEI P20 Pro uses AI-driven 3D facial modeling technology to follow the contours of facial features, which offers a host of studio-quality lighting effects to turn quick selfies into striking portraits.  With the support of Master AI the HUAWEI P20 Pro is able to identify 19 different categories, including professional photography skills like lighting and other settings which are automatically adjusted by AI all photos will be the absolute best they can be.

For shake free long exposures, the camera also includes very sophisticated image stabilization.  Huawei claims the possibility of hand held exposures up to eight seconds . 

For users interested in expanded motion picture capabilities, the camera offers slow motion up to 960 frames per second.

The 6.1 inch OLED screen offers a very high resolution o 2240 x 1080 pixels, resulting in a brilliant color display.  Even though the Huawei P 20 is relatively large, it is very thin with less than 1/3 inch (7.8 mm).

The processor is of Huawei’s own design, the Kirin 970. In addition to eight computer cores, it has Huawei’s NPU (Neural Processing Unit) sub-processor , which was specially developed for AI tasks. The unit offers six GB of RAM and 128 GB of mass storage.

The unit is protected against water and dust and reportedly can withstand up to one meter (3.3 feet) of water depth.

The selling price is projected to be 899 euros or 1115 dollars at the current exchange rate.  

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  1. Interesting, but can it compete with Apple?

  2. I cannot comment on the functions of the phone since I have not seen any comparisons at all. But I did see a camera comparison with the Apple iPhone X and it wasn't even close. The Huawei P 20 was noticeably better. I tried to incorporate the results in the article, bu I wasn't able to get authorization to do so.

    1. What was better?

    2. The most apparent difference was the dynamic range. The article showed a tunnel made up of very dark balloons with a brightly lit sign at the end with some writing on it. The P20 had a lot more detail in the dark balloons, which points to a better tonal range, but the most surprising result was that the iPhone X was unable to show the writing on the bight sign. There was no visible detail at all, while the P20 showed the writing very clearly, with good contrast. While a computer screen is not the best way to determine sharpness of an image, the P20 did appear a bit sharper and more detailed than the iPhone X